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Mahitahi takes fresh look at health in Te Taitokerau

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A new primary healthcare organisation is set to change the way healthcare is delivered in the north.

Mahitahi Hauora chair Eru Lyndon says it's the product of three years of discussions between Te Tai Tokerau and Manaia Health Primary Health Organisations, Northland District Health Board, iwi and providers and other stakeholders.

It launched on Friday at the Treaty Grounds at Waitangi signalled its intention to give practical effect to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

That includes partnerships within the health system and outside.

"We want communities to lead so we are going to be looking at locality leadership groups and we are also interested in inter-sectional collaboration because we understand a lot of the drivers of health outcomes are actually wider determinants of health such as employment, education, so the very nature of Mahitahi Hauora is very different to traditional PHOs," Mr Lyndon says.

Mahitahi Hauora will start with about 80 direct employees and allocate $62 million a year to 42 practices.

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